Evaluation of the field model, fire dynamics simulator, for a specific experimental scenario

G. W. Zou, Wan Ki Chow

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The new version of the fire dynamics simulator, FDS version 3.01, is verified by a series of full-scale fire tests. Experiments are carried out in a compartment similar in size to the ISO-9705 room calorimeter. Gasoline pool fires of different diameters are used to give different heat release rates. The ventilation factors of the compartment are adjusted to produce flashover. Fire-induced flow, temperature, and pressure fields in these different physical scenarios are calculated using the FDS software. The predictions for temperature and radiative heat flux of a post-flashover fire in the specific configuration tested are in reasonably good agreement with experimental results even when the flame occupies most of the room volume.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)77-92
Number of pages16
JournalJournal of Fire Protection Engineering
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1 May 2005


  • Computational fluid dynamics
  • Flashover fires
  • Large eddy simulation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Safety, Risk, Reliability and Quality
  • Chemical Health and Safety


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